Public Health Aligns with Updated Masking Guidance from State

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be aligning with the changes to the state health officer order that allow correctional facilities and shelters to make masks optional when the county’s CDC COVID-19 Community Level is low, provided that there have been no recent outbreaks in the facility.

Universal masking continues to be required, per the state, at all health care and long-term care facilities.

The County’s current mask guidance for the general public, as outlined in the recently updated COVID-19 Response Plan, will continue to guide Public Health’s masking, testing, and vaccination recommendations and requirements. Given that the State will be implementing changes on Friday, September 23, and since LA County is very close to reaching the weekly case rate of under 100 new cases per 100,000 residents, Public Health will shift from strongly recommending indoor masking for the general public to individual preference unless required by the site on the same day, September 23.